Three Lessons I learned From My Daisy

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Life’s lessons are everywhere, here are a few I learned from my dog, Daisy.

1 Things are not always what you expect. Daisy entered my life in 2005, my boyfriend and I had recently lost our “big boy”, a magnificent Labrador, weighing 126 lbs, all muscle, Mr. Handsome. I was shown a picture of a baby Lab, she looked  like my boy, “she will not be big” the foster Mom told me, I payed little attention, Meeting Daisy for the first time, I saw, she was long, skinny, and had big ears & other than her eyes, looked very little like the photo, Expectations, dashed… however, I soon realized, things can be different, better in many ways than what my limited mind imagined. She grew into a beautiful mini Lab and I learned I could love another dog just as much, they are all special.Things are not always what you expect.

2 You don’t get what you want by giving up. Daisy never gave up. When it came to the treat jar, she would stand there, smiling, waiting to catch my eye, wagging her tail,for a long time, until ,yes, I popped a treat into her mouth.When she wanted my attention she would get right in my face and bark, until, again, yes, she got what she wanted. She taught me to stick with things, even if nothing appears to be happening.You don’t get what you want by giving up.

3 The toughest lesson I am learning is, my current one. Things change, life has to flow, energy goes out, in and settles in neutral. I cannot grasp or hold anything too tightly. She returned to Source October 16. I am dealing with her passing, grief is not easy, I know must loosen my grip, open my hand and let the energy flow.Energy has to move. Things change

I am grateful I could hold her at the end, and thank her for being in my life and for all the lessons.she taught me. I find comfort in the knowledge, her form is different (remember, lesson 1,expectations?) however her energy and love will always be with me as mine will be with her.

Quick Ways to Clean Your Yoga Mat

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We are coming to the end of September and National Yoga Month.The perfect time for  little freshening up, so here are a few easy ways to clean your yoga mats.

* Weather warm? Take your mat outside and hose it down, use a mild soap and sponge, gently wipe down, rinse and let air dry.
* A little chillier? Soak your mat in the tub, again, a gentle rub with a mild soap, and sponge or microfiber cloth, air dry, maybe over the shower rod?
* Some mats are designed to be machine washed,before you proceed check your brand.
*In a hurry, can’t wait for “drying time”? Here is a recipe for a sanitizing spray…
Fill a spray bottle with 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup white vinegar, or 1/2 cup witch hazel.and a few drops each of 4 to 5 essential oils, tea tree, lavender, lemon, eucalyptus,peppermint or spearmint are good choices. Spray mat, gently wipe down, use a clean cloth to dry before turning it over and washing the other side. Mmmmm, nice scent!
* Not feeling ambitious? There are many mat cleaning sprays on the market, Spray, wipe, go.

That was easy, right?

 

It’s Time

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I currently have a full inbox of emails, all of them about September. All encouraging me to get ready for Back to School,the start of a new year,a new beginning, fresh starts, new books,clothes,shoes,makeup,new ways to work on my business….new,the future,what’s next…
As an Aquarian and generally impatient person, this used to delight me,“The Future”… of course it will be better, I’ll be more content, happier, different. Really? What could be better than enjoying August, savoring summer? Wasn’t this what I was just hungering for a few months ago? I’m putting my feet up and enjoying my life right where it is this August, that new notebook will still be on a shelf in 4 or 5 weeks…
I am enjoying my Now Time.

Make Your Move

 

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We all know the our bodies are meant to move, this is one of the reasons many of you come to class, you can feel the difference in your body after class. You enjoy this feeling.

We also all know the body, mind, and spirit are connected. An imbalance in one area can ripple into other areas. You don’t enjoy this feeling.

There is a way from here (not feeling good) to there (feeling good) Move, move with awareness, move with direction, move with presence. Move with the knowledge we are taking in vital energy, increasing life force, releasing blocks and healing.

Dr Randolph Stone encouraged us to “look for the health.” so, I suggest you  move something, a finger, a toe, change your mind, take one step, yawn or sigh, let go, any little or big movement…

Move something, because Dr Stone also said,  

Health is movement. Disease is fixation.

 

 

 

 

 

Pay Attention

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We have been working with a saying in the Restorative class, “Your attention becomes your intention.”

I recently enjoyed a fortune cookie, and loved my “fortune” You will be surrounded by luxury”, I liked it so much I placed on the edge of my laptop.One night I was driving home from a family dinner and thinking about the elegantly set table, the delicious food, the fun company, I realized, I am surrounded by luxury! I’m embracing it.

Are you not seeing something right in front of you? What intention are you creating? Where is your attention?

 

Every Breath You Take

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During the past few weeks, I have been encouraging everyone in classes to match the length of their inhales and exhales with the length of the movements, or notice if and where they might be having trouble. We are always connecting the breath to our postures, inhale, extend, exhale, fold, yet often in our determination to “do asana right”, we lose awareness of the quality of our breathing. We get caught in our heads.
I surprised myself, when I found I was grasping for air, finishing my inhale long before I had filled out the shape of the pose. “Whoa, what is going on?” I thought. By mid week I had my answer. A few weeks ago, someone said something nice to me, ” I am 99% sure, I rolled my eyes and poo-pooed this, brushing them off. She did not let go, “you know, you have trouble accepting compliments” she told me. Still, I did not acknowledge the kind words. Now, I’m grasping for inhales? Trouble taking in, can’t accept a compliment, what else am I blocking in my life? My “aha” moment. Basic Polarity or Yoga theory, energy flows out and returns. In, out, neutral.A complete circle. That is the breath of life.
How are you breathing into your life?

Label Maker

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I’ve been thinking about labels, degrees, descriptions, titles, those letters after our names. In 1999 after 3 pretty tough years of school, I earned the title, Registered Polarity Practitioner or RPP. This meant I had completed a certain amount of hours in studies that included anatomy, energetic assessment, communication/counseling skills, exercises, nutrition, structural balance, etc. I was thrilled; I had worked hard, believed in the work and just loved seeing RPP after my name.I have been a proud member of the American Polarity Therapy Association since 1996. As of February 26, I will no longer be a Registered Polarity Practitioner, my new title? Board Certified Polarity Practitioner. Just like that, I go from RPP to BCPP.  APTA has decided to do away with the RPP designation. Many members, like me, were holding both titles for the past few years. That is over. Boom, change… I am sure I will adjust to my new title.

I also think, maybe the only label that is truly useful is BY, Be Yourself.